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Thursdays, October 5 – October 26, 2 – 4pm


Gustav Klimt. Judith (detail), 1901. Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / Bridgeman Images

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

In 1897, the painter Gustav Klimt helped found the Vienna Secession movement, which broke from the conservative art establishment and ushered in a distinct Austrian modernism. Klimt is celebrated for his highly individual painting style—gold-laden surfaces filled with exquisite, jewel-like decoration and sensuous curves. Join us in exploring Klimt’s development as well as this unique period in Viennese art.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.


Leslie Bowen

Bowen previously taught at Lebanon Valley College, where she received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. A painter, she exhibits extensively and has participated in programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.

Recent Barnes Class Testimonials

“[The] professor was highly engaging, facilitated excellent discussions, and [was] very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about teaching art history from watching her.” Matisse and Picasso with Martha Lucy

“The instructor [was] very empathetic and knowledgeable [and] created moments of sharing across students who participated actively in discussion.” Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance with Michael Williamson

“I am not an artist and prior to this course I had not thought about what an artist might be 'thinking,' as opposed to 'feeling.' I loved this course and plan to immerse myself in color theory.” Visualizing Memory with Lucas Kelly

“The instructor was exceptionally well prepared and challenged us with profound questions. This was a graduate degree caliber course.” The Queer 1890s with Ty Vanover